Tuesday, May 29, 2012

keep kids reading this summer


the slower pace and longer days of summer make it the perfect season for kids to spend more time reading (or being read to). summer reading programs are all over the place, with a variety of rewards and incentives. both of my kids love to read, and do it without being enticed with a reward, which makes this book-loving Mama Very Happy. but if we're reading anyway, we might as well get a little prize here and there, right? and if reward programs aren't enough motivation to keep kids reading this summer, i know research indicates kids that read during the summer months have better academic performance during the school year. where do i sign up? :) 

here are some ideas to keep kids reading this summer. 
1. Half Price Books Summer Reading Program - for children 14 years and younger, this program rewards kids with a $5 HPB gift card after they read 300 minutes. 

2. Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program - for children in grades 1-6, read 8 books and get a free book from a list of choices from Barnes and Noble. 

3. Local library Summer Reading Program - we are cardholders at the 3 nearest city libraries, and each of them have their own summer reading program for kids of all ages, and even adults. the rewards range from a treasure box trinket to a free pass to the city swimming pool. check your local library to see what kind of summer reading program they offer for children. 

4. Scholastic Summer Reading Program - this free program, for children ages 0-12, is very comprehensive. Scholastic provides a Family Guide with literacy tips, an online reading log, and a free Reading Timer smartphone app. 

5. Local ISD Summer Reading Program - some school districts provide approved summer reading lists, with books suggested for children in elementary through high school to read through the summer. even if you homeschool like us, check your local ISD for summer reading programs and book lists.

6. HEB Summer Reading Program - this program encourages children of all ages to read 10 books over the summer and mail in the reading log for "cool prizes," which i think might be an H-E-B Buddy T-shirt (for Texas residents only)

7. Chuck E Cheese Reading Rewards - for kids of all ages, this year-round program entices kids to read every day for 2 weeks and redeem the reading log for 10 free tokens at Chuck E Cheese: where a kid can be a kid!
8. Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge - this program comes with book lists for early readers and independent readers and a beautiful printable progress tracker poster. take the completed progress tracker and certificate of completion to a Pottery Barn Kids store and get a free book. 

9. DIY Summer Reading Program 1 - use these lovely printables from Simple As That to create your own at-home summer reading program. her free kit includes reading logs, bookmarks, and bookworm treat bag toppers. 

10. DIY Summer Reading Program 2 - this is a super cute and crafty idea to keep kids reading this summer from Brown Paper Packages. she provides a list of her favorite books for different age groups, free printable tokens for a supercute tracking system, and ideas for easy, inexpensive prizes. 

how do you keep your kids reading through the summer?

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